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Goliat | To Øl

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To Øl

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.10%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
The great warrior of Gath. The mighty champion of the Philistines. Embedded in ancient folklore and religion. Coming from the World of Old. His size and stature is not human. He is bigger. The armor of Goliat is black. Creamy black lacings. Stands with a towering height. He can grab elements from both earth and heaven. Earthy, roasted, notes from the earth. Warming, pungent, sweet notes from the skies. His heart is beating slowly, almost endlessly slow. This man is thought to be invincible!

Ingredients: Water, barley malt, roasted barley, dark cassonade sugar, flaked oats, hops, gourmet coffee and yeast.

Brewed at De Proef Brouwerij, Lochristi-Hijfte, Belgium.

Added by aasher on 04-07-2012

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Photo of Cyberkedi
4.95/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Rich, smoky aroma has a dominate note of quality coffee and hints of unsweet chocolate and licorice, plus a touch of - anchovy? It pours a deep, rich sable with a thick tan head that leaves generous lacing. Superb flavor has a core of quality roast coffee and notes of chocolate and brown sugar plus hints of licorice and burnt hops. Smooth texture has plenty of body, but lacks fizz. This is a must for Stouties - danged near perfect.

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Photo of drpimento
4.85/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Geez, I'm hittin on all cylinders tonight; another understated powerhouse. Poured at cellar temperature with a mammoth, tan, fluffy, frothy, thick, creamy, tan head that slowly settled, & with almost total lacing. Color is an opaque brown black. Aroma is malt, coffee, roast, cocoa, weed. Flavor's like nose, sweet is only slightly more dominant in the sweet/bitter/carbonic tang mix. Also is a little fuit. Body is soft, but cut by perfect carbonation. Finish is like flavor, fairly long and boozy. Yummmm

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Photo of beholder_pl
4.84/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Truly amazing beer. By far the best Imperial Stout I've tasted. Gonna get me another bottle for aging. Goliat was a mighty warrior (defeated, but still), and this is a mighty beer.

Appearance: before opening the bottle I was almost certain it was painted black. Really, even the texture of the glass seemed like painted. Beer itself is pitch black with a thick tan / dark tan head. Great lacing.

Aroma: dark chocolate, coffee, roasted malts and some nice alcohol notes in the back. A perfect combination considering the time of year.

Taste: coffee and roasted malts with the first few sips, later comes dark chocolate with alcohol again. Flavours are intense and "in your face", except the alcohol notes, those are still very pleasant and warming, but doesn't feel like a 10,1% ABV.

Mouthfeel: very low carbonation, but not flat. Medium to full bodied.

Overall: Outstanding Imperial Stout, a beer you have to try.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.82/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Bottle purchased at Oliver's Beverage in Albany, NY.

This pours a dark black, with a substantial one inch mocha-colored head, and a little bit of lacing.

Oh wow, the coffee aroma on this one is nuts. Dark, black espresso beans are all up in the aroma, with some cream and sugar, honestly, vanilla is a big part, as well as chocolate.

This is possibly the most coffee forward beer I've ever had. The coffee flavor is delicious, and a bit raw and earthy, and super dark and roasty. The cane sugar is a really nice addition to this one, definitely makes it feel like a coffee with cream and sugar. There's some chocolate as well, and some roasted malt. This is absolutely super delicious.

This is super super creamy, with a lower level of carbonation. This is super drinkable.

This was a huge surprise, one of the best coffee stouts I've ever had, and also just simply one of the best beers I've ever had.

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Photo of facundoCNB
4.78/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Deep thick black pour with 2 fingers of dark brown head, slow dissipation and a lot f lacing left behind (for the style at least). Smells like.. Is this wen more Jesus?.. Jeez, his smells fucking fantastic. Tons of dark roasty grains, coffee, dark chocolate, vanilla, toffee, butterscotch.
The flavor? Coffee up front, chocolaty, sweet milk chocolate and subtle molasses.. Dark charred roastyness evens things out. This is a fantastic stout.
Body feels a bit thin for how heavy this drinks - if that makes sense. A bit boozy with nice chest warmth, low carbonation and very very enjoyable.

This along with even more Jesus are my top 2 non barrel aged imperial stouts. Do not pass this one up.

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Photo of zonker17
4.75/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

I cannot get over how much I love this beer. The combination of coffee and a semi sweet stout finished with a bit of funky yeast hits all of my pleasure zones.

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Photo of Riverwarrior
4.66/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This was absolutely fantastic. My expectations were high, and it surpassed them in grand form.

Poured this one in a Jester King glass and the appearance was jet black with a small mocha head.

The nose was very nice with mostly cocoa and roasted coffee taking front seat.

Wow. The taste was truly amazing. It started with a sweet toffee and chocolate, but before becoming too sweet, the roasted coffee flavors appeared to bring a very nice balance. The finish was a sweet roasted mocha that lingered with a hint of bitterness.

The mouth feel was on the thicker side, but still allowed for a slick coating which really made for a creamy, silk feel. Carbonation was moderate.

Overall, the balance of this beer was very impressive. Everything hit on all cylinders and was truly one of the best beers I've tasted. I will definitely be buying this again.

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Photo of Marius
4.58/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

One of my favourite coffee stouts out there, since I am a big coffee drinker. This is the beer that most resembles drinking an actual coffee. Medium body (a bit lighter than was expected) and with roasted malts and dark chocolate in the background, but coffee coffee coffee is all you can feel.

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Photo of kevanb
4.55/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

375ml bottle poured into a Hill Farmstead tasting glass, side by side with the barrel aged variant.

The beer pours a jet black color, cola brown edges with a finger or so of khaki head that has nice lace a decent retention. The aroma is huge on the coffee, really nice choice of bean, smooth, rich, roasty, lots of chocolate, grain, a bit of sweetness and a touch of stone fruit, but man the coffee is huge and in your face, but really balanced within itself. The flavors are spot on, huge expression of coffee, chocolate, rich malted grain, a touch of roastiness, nice richness, mildly sweet with stone fruit and vanilla at the finish. The mouthfeel is excellent, thick, coating, rich, smooth, gentle but full bodied with an easy and creamy finish.

Verdict: A decadent and delicious coffee stout, all the hallmarks of a great stout with a perfectly integrated blast of coffee. One of the finest coffee stouts around, and in fact, one of the finest stouts in general. To Øl really hit the nail on the head here.

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Photo of sweemzander
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured into a snifter. Another thank you to Kevan for sharing!

(A)- Pours near pitch black color. Minimal froth and lace.

(S)- Huge aromas of crushed coffee beans. Easily one of the biggest coffee aromas in memory. Its not acrid or overly bitter, but just a fantastic aroma if you like coffee.

(T)- Again, a huge showing of massive coffee grounds with ever so subtle bits of raisin and coca, but otherwise the perfect coffee forward beer.

(M)- A good carbonation level and balance. Such a superb showing of what coffee can do in a beer. Like the smell, this is not acrid or overly bitter like some strong coffees can be like, but has an underlying richness that makes this very easily drinkable too. The bitterness does slightly increase as it warms, but still an afterthought.

(O)- Perhaps one of the best coffee forward beers I have ever had. Rich and ever so inviting. Coffee lovers out there, this is your beer to seek!

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Congregation Ale House in Long Beach, CA.

Pours an opaque black with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to a small cap on top of the beer. Foamy rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, roasted coffee beans, coffee grounds, and some slight cocoa aromas. Taste is much the same along with some chocolate syrup flavors. There is a medium amount of roasty coffee bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp, smooth, and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is an extremely good beer that is very tasty and easy to drink.

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Photo of TheBeerSipper
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

Purchased this by recommendation from the store beer buyer. This is in his "top 5" all time beers.

Appearance: Dark in color with a malty creamy head. 4.5

Smell: Chocolate and coffee are strongly present. There was another unique smell. I took multiple whiffs to discover it. I can most relate it to an acidic smell like lime juice. It actually fits in nicely. 4.5

Taste: Very unique, wonderful taste. Has the chocolate, coffee, lime juice taste with some more flavors going on as well. Very good my friends.

I am very glad I took his recommendation. I was a little worried as I purchase another one of his recommendations the same same and had it a few days before this one. I was not a fan of that brew (we will keep it unnamed) but this one is delightful, Highly Recommend

Until Next Time

The Beer Sipper

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Photo of GreatStoutman
4.49/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours black on draft with tiny, tan head.

Sweet aroma, malts and licorice, maybe dark fruits.

Full body with minimal carbonation. Feels thick and chewy, really nice.

Taste is smooth coffee and sweet molasses, malty and definitely some smoke, raisins. Good balanced bitterness.

Overall, this is great. I've been wanting to try this for some time and then found it on tap and had to go for it. Really enjoyable, easy to drink.

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Photo of Strix
4.49/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pitch black, frothy tan head with nice thick lacing.

Big coffee cocoa aroma.

Coffee, cocoa, toffee, chocolate, vanilla, malt, toasted malt, and a burnt note. No trace of alcohol.

Very smooth mouthfeel, good coating, light carbonation.

Really impressed with this one.

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Photo of Brad007
4.48/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Purchased out of curiosity.

Pours a pitch black with a brown one-finger head into my glass. Great looks! To the style.

Roasted coffee, cream and dark fruit make up the notes that greet my nose. I love the roastiness already.

The first drop on the lips yields a mild coffee bite with a good amount of cream and even cocoa as well.

Carbonation is tightly controlled, which allows the taste buds to better process the after-feel. Again, lingering roasted coffee and cream notes.

A great way to start the day! Perks my eyes up too!

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Photo of ehammond1
4.46/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

On Tap

Churchill's Pub & Grille
San Marcos, CA

Dark black, thick body, with a small dark brown head that leaves the glass just absolutely messed with stick: sheets, webs, and lines. A simply, gorgeous, perfectly attractive imperial stout.

Very nice, expressive, bold aroma of roasted coffee, cream, and bittersweet chocolate. Simple but bold and very nice. Complete.

The flavor is just as good as the aroma, with bittersweet chocolates, roasted coffee, mild dark fruit, and a moderate level of bitterness combining for one deliciously, decadent, coffee imperial stout.

Full in body with low to moderate carbonation. Only a mild alchohol hint. Easy drinking, but rich and decadent, all at once.


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Photo of Tone
4.46/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a black color. 1/3 inch head of an off-tan color. Good retention and good lacing. Smells of coffee, roasted malt, alcohol, slight sweet malt, hint of earthy malt, and a hint of yeast. Fits the style of an American Double / Imperial Stout. Mouth feel is smooth and clean, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of coffee, sweet malt, roasted malt, hint of hops, hint of yeast, hint of earthy malt, and alcohol. Overall, great body and blend, good aroma and feel, and therefore and high quality brew.

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Photo of avalon07
4.45/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a pitch black color and a thick consistency. There was an inch of foamy, tan-colored, long-lasting head. Excellent lacing.

S: As you'd expect, coffee was the main attraction in the aroma, along with some malt as well.

T: Tasted of coffee, coffee, and more coffee, but there was also malt, a hint of chocolate, light hops, and possibly some dark fruit. A big, vibrant, complex flavor.

M: A fair amount of carbonation with a slick finish. Full-bodied.

O: A wholly enjoyable, well-made, focused, drinkable beer.

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Photo of GregJ
4.43/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark, rich, fragrant. Dark roast malts, mocha, cocoa nibs. Tastes of dark roast malt, sweet creaminess, rich coffee, dark chocolate. Creamy full body with medium carb. Very complex and flavorful. I really enjoyed this one from the first sip.

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Photo of beergoot
4.43/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

An opaque black body comes with a thick, creamy light brown head. Nice lacing on the glass.Rich, roasted grains dominate the smell. Coffee and mocha with hints of bitter chocolate in the nose. Mouthfeel is heavy with a sugary overtone. Rich and wet.
Taste comes across complex and heavy in possibilities. Malt sweetness collides with coffee notes and then mashes together with a slightly hidden bitterness. Alcohol warmth rides below the surface.

Wow! This is a wonderful, monstrous imperial stout. There is no hiding from the exquisite complexities that bob and weave throughout this beer. Excellent stuff!!

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Photo of jdhilt
4.42/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a two finger khaki head that fades slowly leaving some lace. Midnight black color, no highlights, some yeast left in bottle. Light-medium carbonation and medium-heavy bodied. Roasted coffee nose and flavor is the same, slightly sweet roasted coffee, no burnt coffee finish. Higher ABV is hidden. Pricey at $8.99 for a 375ml bottle from Beverage Warehouse Winooski, VT.

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Photo of rmccomas
4.42/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

poured from the bottle into my trusty Ale Yeah birthday pint glass.

A; pours a black with a healthy tan head, leaving good lacing.
S; roasted malt and coffee are the primary scents going on
T; taste follows the nose with the roast filling up the front, and the coffee sliding to the back of the taste spectrum.
M; mouthfeel is very full bodied and healthy as one would expect from an Imperial stout, just a great beer!
O; don't walk, RUN to your favorite bottle shop and get this one, certainly one of the best stouts I've ever drank, and I am a stout lover from way back, so I speak no lies with this style.

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Photo of suspect
4.42/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 375ml bottle into a Dogfish Head Snifter.

A: As black a beer as I've seen. Zero light peeks through even on the edges. Aggressive pour leads to a thick, 2 finger espresso foam head that fades ever so slowly coating almost every inch of the glass in thick lacing. Beautiful beer.

S: Esspresso-like coffee nose with roasted barley malts being the foremost aromas. Some dark cocoa nib smells as well as a touch of licorice or star anise.

T: Malts lead the way in the flavor with some char and some smokiness to it but neither of those two are overpowering and blend nicely together. Coffee flavor is blended in nicely...tastes much like a dark roast - a nice dark roast. Slight bitterness but the sweet malt helps smooth that out.

M: Well carbonated, if anything it's a touch undercarbonated but it doesn't affect it - I'm really just being nitpicky. Certainly thick and smooth. ABV seems to be a complete afterthought.

O: A top tier Imperial Stout. Danish stouts are quickly climbing high up on my list to not turn down ever.

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Photo of drmeto
4.41/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

-pours the darkest of brown with no light coming through and a medium to big,frothy,khaki head
-finishes dry
-medium,grassy bitterniss
-full body
-light to medium body
-alcohol noticeable
Very good and fairly sweet coffee stout

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Photo of Georgiabeer
4.38/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A very nice Imperial Stout, and I don't know if it's just me or if it characterizes the style, but I've often picked up heavier than usual licorice notes in Scandinavian Imperial Stouts. This one is no exception- very nice deep licorice notes in both the nose, and especially the taste. When I say licorice, I don't mean the overly sweet whips or jelly beans of this country, but the much dryer, almost chalky variety with a zingy. spicy note found in Scandinavia, Spain, and Australia. That's what this evokes. Pours inky black, but without much head. Aside from the licorice, the nose has notes of treacle, tar, and bitter chocolate, as well as a touch of molasses. The taste is deep and quite integrated with lovely licorice notes, including a touch of spice, a nice roasty coffee note from that addition, quite dark, and a touch of cream and dark chocolate. Very Smooth, but deep and with a bit of bite- from the flavors, not the alcohol, which is well hidden. A very pleasant beer.

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